(1746 - 1800)
John Skillin was active/lived in Massachusetts. John Skillin is known for ship figurehead carver.
Biography John Skillin
From Boston, Massachusetts, John Skillin and other members of his
family were considered some of America's first sculptors, something for
which there was little tradition from the 'mother country' of England.
The Skillin family was prominent in this method for almost a hundred
years before, during and after the Revolution. However, none of their
original work seems to exist today, so scholars are left only with
records and personal descriptions of them.
The carving of
figureheads was one of the first forms of American sculpture, and
flourished during the "new spirit of independence" after the American
Revolution. The figurehead style was described as "free, vigorous,
original and democratic." However,
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